Another week has slipped right by. Spring is in residence most of the time, although old man winter rousts her out now and then for a light frost or some nippy weather. But flowers are blooming and birds are nesting and the peacocks are screaming, so it must really be spring!
I saw the first iris blooming in the flowerbed around a big oak tree in our front yard. . .
And the Solomon Seal is starting to put out little dainty bells of bloom . . .
The Farmer saw some of the pond denizens out enjoying the warmer weather . . .
The frogs are also hopping all over the place. I guess they’re just hoppy!
Another day I saw a bunch of the chickens congregating in the evening. I’m not sure if it was a chicken conversation or a conversation of chickens.
It’s not exactly a hen party, because too many roosters are attending this event.
They’re not the only ones who hand out together. Here’s a line-up of the happy hoofers. . .
And now I must get back to work. I am determined to finish up this book project!
It’s midnight here in the south, and the snow is falling thick and heavy.
As you can see here, the snowflakes are fat and there are LOTS of them!
Toby the Tough doesn’t mind a little snow and runs around all over the place. Where I go, he goes.
I tried shining a flashlight on The Farmer’s tractor to get a picture of all the snow piling up on it.
The snow is piling up fast, and the ramp to the work shed is buried in snow.
I was out checking on the animals. I wanted to be sure everyone was in their proper place. They weren’t. The goat had pushed her way through a gate and went into the sheep shed. Now there is plenty of room for 1 goat and 3 sheep in this shed, but there’s just one problem. The ornery goat stands in the doorway and won’t let the sheep in. So I had to chase her back into the pen with the llama.
If she would just go up into the corner of the pen, she could be snug and dry. Of course, the little rascal caused the sheep to be covered in snow because they were standing out in the snowstorm.
At least they can spend the rest of the night in the shed and not become abominable snow ewes from being outside all night!
The chickens are smart and roost in the middle of the shed.
The guineas get in the mix too, and get in out of the snow…. some of them anyway. Others choose to stay in a tree, even though there are plenty of places they could be in out of the weather. Others roost along the outer parts of the sheep shed.
I’ve done all I can to make sure everyone is snug and sheltered from the snow. Now I think I’ll go to bed myself. It should be interesting to see how much snow there is tomorrow morning! Many pundits around here are styling this SNOWMAGEDDON in the SOUTH!
It’s winter and I know it’s supposed to be cold. And I also know it’s not near as cold here as it is in other parts of the world. But I’m still thinkin’ … Baby, it’s cold outside! It’s a sharp contrast to the balmy weather we were enjoying in Florida over the Thanksgiving holidays!
The animals have their own ways of keeping warm. During the day, the guineas like to nestle down in some leaves in the yard – of which there are plenty due to the huge oak and walnut and other trees around the house!
Some of the chickens like to shelter under a big viburnum bush in the front yard, even though it’s in the shade.
I suppose it provides some shelter from the wind, and they apparently want that more than heat from any sunshine there might be.
Meanwhile, the squirrels are still scampering around the yard gathering up nuts.
Once the nut is buried, off the squirrel goes to find another!
A little cold weather doesn’t slow down our mighty hunter, Spot the cat. He was playing with his food again, and chasing this rodent around.
He’d catch the thing, then let it go … then catch it again. I don’t know if he ever ate it or just played with it.
While all this was going on, the goat, llama, sheep and Maremma sheepdog just took it easy and rested in what sunshine they could find.
They like to nestle down where there is some dry grass to provide a little insulation.
And me, once I’ve made sure everyone outside has food and water, I’m headed back to the house to get WARM again!
Time for a round-up of photos from around the farm this week. We’ve had some beautiful weather, and critters and people are all enjoying it.
The guineas are done nesting for the year, and back in one big flock. Here they are in our front yard. . .
They hatched a lot of keets, but made a poor showing for keeping them! There are only two survivors. Guineas will NOT be winning the mother of the year award!
The chickens like to forage in the grass too. It’s a nice buffet of seeds and bugs.
They not only forage in the front yard and fields, they go down around the pond too.
And they are often near the birdbath, since they like to use it for their local watering hole.
While the chickens are running around, the goat and llama are taking a break and enjoying the sunshine.
Since the weather was cooler, Toby and I decided to walk in the woods. In the bottom pasture, there are still some butterflies flitting around.
There are still white flowers blooming in the fields and woods.
Since ya’ll are so good at identifying birds, how about trees? There is a pretty tall tree in our woods with purplish stems at the top.
And to help with the identification, here is a closer look at the leaves of the tree . . .
And now, a closer look at those purple stems at the top of the tree. . .
So how about it, anyone know what the tree is?
And now, it’s time to jump into the week-end!
Hope ya’ll have a GREAT week-end!